Facebook Expands Editing Of '@ Tags'

Facebook's "@' tagging continues to add options, as users can now edit the names of the people or pages they are tagging.

Facebook’s “@ tagging” continues to add options, as users can now edit the names of the people or pages they are tagging.

Steve Allard of Wise Metrics pointed out in a blog post that while Facebook users could previously only shorten the displayed names, now they can edit those names in any way they see fit.

According to Allard, users of the social network wishing to take advantage of this functionality must find the Facebook page ID of the tagged page they want to edit, by changing the “www” in the URL of the page to “graph.” Yes, this requires two more characters, but it worked when we tested it. Perhaps some people might find typing the word more natural than a succession of “w”s.

After getting the page ID, users can type the following text into their status box: @@[0:[page ID:0:LinkName]], and then replace “page ID” with the page’s ID and “LinkName” with whatever they want the linked text to display.

Again, the requisite typing isn’t necessarily a shortcut, but if you want to customize how something looks, you’ve got to make a few extra keystrokes.

Readers: What creative uses will you find for this feature?